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Chasing a legacy at State

Wrestling is arguably the oldest sport in history, but what won't be argued is that it is one of the toughest and most demanding. A one-on-one contest that requires peak physical conditioning and lasting mental fortitude, wrestling is a test of true grit. Young athletes develop dedication for the sport through years of practice, but that's not the only quality that can be cultivated in a wrestling room. Dedication, perseverance, and self-determination-these qualities are also shaped by the sport and often influence more than just the athletic aspect of a person's character.

March 04, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Columns


Local wrestlers State bound

The California Interscholastic Federation State Wrestling Championships is two days away. After countless hours of practice and months of preparation-and in some cases years-seven local wrestlers are on the cusp of what will be the biggest stage of their wrestling careers. They're State bound.

March 04, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


Pitman, Turlock, Hilmar headed to State

The Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament, the final stop before every high school wrestler's apex dream-the State Tournament.

February 28, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


Youth wrestlers win big at SJWA Championships

Late February and early March is crunch time for high school wrestlers. After months of hard work in wrestling rooms, wrestlers either see their labor rewarded with divisional, sectional, and state success or they see the flame of their season extinguished. It's the defining high stakes nature of a sport that requires a high degree of dedication.

February 28, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | Youth


Turlock and San Jose Earthquakes partner up

Turlock already has a professional indoor soccer team in the Turlock Express, two collegiate teams that represent California State University, Stanislaus, a pair of high school programs with several championships to their names, and established youth and travel leagues that develop talent on a regular basis. It's safe to say the game of soccer is well represented in the area.

February 27, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Marauders plunder Bulldogs in second half

After defeating Stagg High in the Division I Sac-Joaquin Section out-bracket game last week, Turlock High's boys' basketball team knew it would have to play perfectly if they were upset number one seed Jesuit High in Tuesday's first-round playoff game-and for one half of play they did just that.

February 27, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Hilmar, Delhi wrestlers headed to Masters

One step away from State. That's what a select few wrestlers are thinking after Saturday's conclusion of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament at Delhi High.

February 25, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


Four local wrestlers in contention for DV titles

Delhi High welcomed 26 Division V wrestling teams to its boys gym Friday morning to compete in the first tournament to ever be hosted by the Hawks.

February 21, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


Hilmar football player seriously injured in Pismo accident

Joseph Bello was the proverbial fist of Hilmar High's vaunted defensive unit this past fall, leading the way for the Yellowjackets from the linebacker position with 138 tackles and a lead-by-example attitude. Bello played with passion and enthusiasm and was a major factor in Hilmar's undefeated Trans-Valley League championship season and its run to the Division IV Sac-Joaquin Section championship game against Central Catholic High.

February 20, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | Local


Bulldogs end regular season with win over Pride

Turlock High's boys basketball team secured its post-season fate a week ago, earning a spot in the Division I Sac-Joaquin Section playoff bracket as the third team from the Central California Conference. But even with that knowledge, the Bulldogs (6-4 CCC, 18-9 overall) entered Tuesday's cross town rival game and CCC season finale against Pitman High as if a post-season berth depended on it.

February 18, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


Hilmar sending nine wrestlers to Divisionals

Hilmar High hit Saturday's Trans Valley League Tournament by storm as it qualified nine wrestlers-its entire varsity lineup- for the Division V Tournament while two of its wrestlers walked away from the mat as champions in their respective weight classes.

February 18, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


Hawks, Coyotes hit the mat in SAL tourney

The Southern Athletic League wrapped up the regular season for prep wrestling on Saturday with the SAL League Tournament at Big Valley Christian High.

February 18, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


Pride take 2nd, Bulldogs take 3rd at CCC Tournament

The Central California Conference Championships were a huge success for both Pitman and Turlock High's wrestling teams in more ways than one.

February 14, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


TC to add cross country, bring back boys soccer

Turlock Christian High will soon be moving its athletic programs out of the Southern League and into the Central California Athletic Alliance as part of the 2014 California Interscholastic Federation realignment. The move will take the Eagles from Division 6 to Division 5, but that's not the only change for the school.

February 14, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Logan Wolfley: A Stranger to Failure

Logan Wolfley is no stranger to hard work.

February 13, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


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Articles By Author - Frankie Tovar


Second half comeback lifts Pride over Knights

Pitman High entered Friday's home game against Downey High with a team characterized by its youth. With only two returning starters from last year's squad and the bulk of its roster comprised of juniors, the Pride knew that the Knights, back-to-back winners of the Modesto Metro Conference title, would be a difficult challenge to overcome in their season opener.

August 30, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


Mountaineer ready for a winning season

Three years ago, Tyler Juncker was a senior at Hilmar High where he played offensive tackle and defensive end for the Yellowjackets and helped earn his alma mater a Division IV SJS Championship.

August 28, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


No place like Oakland for the Raiders

The Los Angeles Raiders. Sure, it's better than the San Antonio Raiders, but it still doesn't sound quite right.

August 23, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Professional


Kaepernick leads 49ers into new chapter at Levi's Stadium

Life is good for Colin Kaepernick.

August 23, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Professional


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